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Central Cascades, WA

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Trip Alpine Lakes High Camp, WA
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Enjoy a backcountry lodge experience with your small 'Covid crew/pod' this winter. Thousands of acres of stunning views and varied terrain giving you a private resort experience in an unparalleled mountain setting!

Alpine Lakes High Camp provides a unique backcountry lodging and ski/snowboard experience for all levels. Located at 5,000’ just 15 miles east of Stevens Pass – averaging more than 460” of snowfall each year, with 105” of annual average snowpack. Tucked alongside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and 9 miles into the backcountry, giving you a surprisingly remote location for only 2.5hrs outside Seattle. Snowcat transport to/from means you can be confident that you’ll make it there no matter the weather. Two large cabins, a dining/communal lodge, and sauna ensure that you’re relaxing in comfort (when not out adventuring)! Covid-safe operations in place, with private group bookings up to 10 guests max.
 
Alpine Lakes High Camp offers a diversity of terrain for the beginner to the advanced backcountry skier. Enjoy fresh tracks all day, you’ve got the mountain to yourself! The epic tree skiing and cut glades around the lodge allows for up to 1500ft of descent on slopes of up to 40 degrees. This gives multiple options for awesome storm skiing even when the avalanche hazard is high. Runs like Heart Stopper, Wild Bill, Side Burn and Big Rock Bowl are right outside your cabin door and allow for an easy access back to High Camp. For the more adventurous skier, there's easy access into the Chiwaukum Range which boast peaks up to 8000ft. Multiple ski lines of over 1500ft can be accessed from Tamarack Point at 6935ft, dropping you into the basin on Lake Julius. We’ve got it all: hippie pow – check, steep and deep – check!

Price varies by month - choose your 3-night/4-day trip from the options below.


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Itinerary
Itinerary
Below is a sample itinerary only. Please note meals and activities are not included in your package but can be added after booking.
  • 1
    Day number 1
    Welcome to Alpine Lakes High Camp! Your adventure begins in our guest parking lot, located outside of Leavenworth, WA. Our private snowcat will meet and greet you there to transport your group + all you’ve packed 8.5 miles up our private road to High Camp. Your warm, cozy cabins as well as the main lodge await you. Settle in, enjoy a gourmet meal with your crew, get warm by the fire or relax in the sauna, and ease into the relaxing pace of backcountry life for the next several days.
  • 2
    Day number 2
    Wake up in your comfortable cabin and take a short, snowy walk to the main lodge for hot breakfast. Meet your Mountain Madness guide(s) and receive an orientation before your day of adventure in the backcountry.

    For the beginner backcountry skier, you can expect to learn the fundamentals of avalanche rescue and proficient use of your alpine touring equipment. With that under your belt you are now ready to hit the "Hippie Pow"! Right outside your cabin door you can access great entry level powder skiing in wide open terrain or spacious trees.

    For the seasoned backcountry skier, you will start with a quick review of your avalanche rescue skills and then it is time to seek out the steep and deep! Our guides will help you have confidence in the decision to take on some of the more aggressive terrain while managing the group to minimize the exposure and the risk of skiing in avalanche terrain.
  • 3
    Day number 3
    Repeat! Another day of backcountry adventure awaits, capped off by amazing food, drink, views and the company you’ve chosen.
  • 4
    Day number 4
    Enjoy your last morning in this pristine setting, feeling rejuvenated and grateful for this time away from the daily grind. Bid farewell to the amazing space and hosts of Alpine Lakes High Camp before the snowcat transports you back down to the guest parking lot. Safe travels!
Trip Package Includes
  • 3 nights of private accommodations at Alpine Lakes High Camp, up to 10 people
  • Accommodations include two cabins + full access to lodge for meals and socializing 
  • Roundtrip private snowcat transportation (9 miles from guest parking)
  • Private sauna access
  • Cookware in each hut, including pots, pans, dishes, utensils
  • Bed linens in each hut
  • Firewood/kindling for multiple wood stoves
  • 20% off service and 10% off rental at evo Seattle store
  • 20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply)
Trip Package Does Not Include
  • Transport to/from Alpine Lakes High Camp guest parking
  • 10.2% tax payable to ALHC
  • Gear
  • Alcohol
  • Guiding (see FAQ, add-on option may be booked)
  • Food (see FAQ, add-on option may be booked)
  • Additional nights (see FAQ)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)

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Area Information

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA


Alpine Lakes High Camp borders Alpine Lakes Wilderness, located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest between Stevens Pass and Leavenworth in Washington’s Central Cascades. Comprising 394,000 acres, this spectacular area is home to 47 trailheads and 615 miles of trails, as well as over 700 lakes and mountain ponds, rocky ridges, rugged peaks, and tree-covered valleys. Alpines Lakes presents both a beautiful backdrop and a perfect playground with endless opportunities for winter recreation.
Trip Planning

Trip Planning

Alpine Lakes High Camp will reach out prior to your visit to schedule your custom snowcat transport and answer any group questions you might have.

If you’ve added any guided activities to your trip, your guide will reach out to your group to discuss your goals and experience. As every group is unique, we want to make sure that we cater to your specific needs and desires for your trip -- communication before your trip is a must!

The following list applies broadly to winter activities but may be customized depending on your activity of choice. Depending on what you’ve requested for your trip, ALHC and your guides will let you know of any other specific packing needs.

Ski Gear
Recommended Clothing
Other
FAQ
FAQ
  • How much is deposit, and when is final payment due?
    A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking, and final payment will be charged will be charged 1 week prior to your arrival at Alpine Lakes High Camp. Please note package rates vary depending on the month of travel.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    Your trip package includes the following - CABINS: Rustic, off-grid accommodations at Foxfire cabin (4 full beds, 2 twin beds) and Trillium cabin (4 full beds) that sleep up to 10 people total. Each has propane lights and wood stoves for heat, a small propane burner and 5 gallon water jug, along with pots/pans/dishes/utensils. Foxfire cabin. There are 2 outhouses nearby. LODGE: Running hot/cold potable water and commercial sized propane oven/ranges. All the pots/pans/dishes/utensils needed for large group meals. Large wood stove to heat the building. Dining tables and game/puzzle cabinet. SAUNA: Recently remodeled world class sauna experience with cold plunge tank just outside. Small shower room as well.
  • How many people can I bring as part of my private group?
    Your group, including yourself, may be anywhere from 2 to 10 people. Kids under 5 do not count toward 10 person count (maximum of 6 kids under 5). Regardless of your group size, price does not fluctuate.
  • May I add additional nights to my trip?
    Pending availability, yes! Pricing is as follows: January, $1,000 per additional night; February, $1,250 per additional night; March, $1,000 per additional night; and April, $500 per additional night.
  • How do I get there?
    Located 2.5 hours from Seattle, off Hwy 2 between Stevens Pass and Leavenworth, make your way to the Alpine Lakes High Camp guest parking lot (17375 High Mountain, Meadow Dr, Leavenworth, WA). Prior to your trip, you’ll be provided with a pickup time for the snowcat to meet you at guest parking. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time. From there, the cat will transport you (and your bags) 8.5 miles up the private road to Camp.
  • If I’d like to add on guided activities, can you tell me about options?
    Guided outdoor activities, including backcountry skiing and splitboarding, are offered through our partners at Mountain Madness. Experiences can be tailored to your skill level and preferences, whether you’re new to the backcountry or advanced. Options and group pricing are as follows: ONE Day: $1,100 (One group, 4-6 people), $2,200 (Two groups, 7-10 people); TWO Days: $2,000 (One group, 4-6 people), $4,000 (Two groups, 7-10 people); THREE Days: $3,000 (One group, 4-6 people) | $6,000 (Two groups, 7-10 people).
  • Are rentals available?
    Yes, rental gear is available and can be rented directly through the evo Seattle store for 10% off. If you are not coming from the Seattle area, let us know and we can provide other recommendations for rentals.
  • Is there power at High Camp?
    Alpine Lakes High Camp is completely off the grid. This means that there is no electricity in the cabins. The Lodge however does have two solar panels, allowing a small charging station for any required devices. Please pack and plan accordingly.
  • Without power, what do you do for lights?
    Cabins are lit using propane lights. Please bring additional headlamps and flashlights for evening use and moving about camp at night.
  • What do you use to keep the cabins warm?
    In cold weather, the lodge and cabins are heated using wood stoves. We supply each cabin with firewood, kindling, fire starters, and matches. A crackling wood fire is a key experience to High Camp visits!
  • After skiing, I seriously need to take a shower. What’s your setup like?
    We have a small shower room next to the wood fired sauna building - simply grab a shower bag and fill it up in the Lodge with water temp of your preference. Hook the bag up to the pulley line and BAM - gravity backcountry shower at it’s finest!
  • What options are there for food?
    You have several options for meals over your weekend. 1) Catered meals are available as an add-on to your trip. If interested, please let us know and we’ll provide pricing and details. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. 2) Order groceries online from the Leavenworth Safeway and High Camp staff will pick up your order and take everything up to High Camp in coolers/bins so it’s onsite and ready upon your arrival. Set pickup for 9:30am the day PRIOR to your arrival. 3) Bring your own. Be sure to pack all the food your group needs for your stay in hard, sealable containers or coolers - no open top/grocery bags are allowed because of transport difficulties.
  • Will water be available?
    Yes! Our water comes from an underground mountain spring on property. It is gravity fed to the sink in the Lodge, where you can fill your cabin water jugs or shower bags. Each cabin is supplied with one or two 5 gallon water containers for your use.
  • How should I pack my stuff?
    Gear: Waterproof duffel bags or backpacks work best for clothes and personal items Food: Coolers are ideal for items that need refrigeration and a plastic tub works well for storing non-perishable food items. NO open topped bags allowed - please ensure all bags can be zipped/closed to ensure nothing is lost during transport. Skis/boots: Please have boots packed inside a bag and not loose. Skis should be strapped together, ideally with poles connected. All these steps help us ensure your gear and personal items are taken care of and secured during transport - thanks so much!
  • What’s the weather going to be like during my visit?
    We prefer the NOAA weather forecast as the best option for the High Camp area. Look up “9 Miles West Plain, WA” as closest point of reference.
  • What about dogs?
    Dogs are welcome at High Camp at no charge during winter, and will be transported with guests in snowcat. Max 3 dogs per cabin and max 6 dogs at High Camp at any given time. Vaccinations must be up to date and no aggressive behavior or excessive barking allowed. Please be sure to clean up after your dog.
  • Should I tip the staff?
    Traditionally, guests who have enjoyed their stay at High Camp and appreciate the staff's hard work and long days splitting firewood and running snowcat have found it appropriate to tip. Although it is ultimately your personal choice, tipping is greatly appreciated (recommend 3-5%)!
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evo will refer to Alpine Lakes High Camp’s cancellation policies. Before 90 Days: Full refund of deposit available minus $200 cancellation fee. Within 90 Days: Trips cancelled with less than 90 days notice will lose deposit. Within 30 Days: Full lodging amount will be charged. If you rebook your weekend, you will be refunded costs, minus $200 cancellation fee. An unexpected cancellation or medical emergency could cause you to lose your deposit or full lodging amount, because of this we strongly recommend trip insurance!
  • What about COVID-19?
    If High Camp is required to close due to Washington state or Chelan County guidelines, you can reschedule at no charge or will be issued a full refund minus $200 fee. If a guest in your group tests positive or must self-isolate because of contact with a confirmed case, you will need to fill that spot or reduce group size. We will work with you to create the best scenario as last-minute cancellations are challenging for our small company size.
Testimonials
Great experience! Had an amazing time ski touring and being out in the mountains. The sauna is perfect for apré - nice and hot. The people are super nice, the skiing is great, and the experience is one that I'll remember forever. I love this place!
Anne
Trip Guest
This is a unique alpine camp experience; one that can’t easily be found in the US. The cabins are lovely, the staff are great and good at answering questions, and the wood-fired sauna is fantastic! The area accessed is remarkable. Highly recommend. I will be back!
Beth
Trip Guest
My favorite vacation of all time! This place has been our go to spot for the winter weekends. Tons of snow and exploring of the backcountry. If you don't mind roughing it a bit and being off grid (necessary every once in a while) this place is a gem.
Charlie
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